The Catalans are speeding up their efforts to sign a world-class midfielder this summer.
Barcelona have reportedly opened negotiations with Bernardo Silva’s agent over a potential move this summer.
The Catalans are struggling with financial problems that have prevented them from signing their transfer targets in the current window.
A move for Robert Lewandowski is up in the air while the club is yet to announce Andreas Christensen and Frank Kessie’s arrivals officially.
However, a new transfer target has emerged for the Catalans in recent weeks. The club have inquired about Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, trying to seal a summer move for the Portuguese star.
According to Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona president Joan Laporta asked Silva’s agent Jorge Mendes about a possible move in their meeting a few days ago.
Barca’s manager Xavi Hernandez is reportedly a big fan of Silva, with the player being ‘open’ to leaving Etihad. However, City reportedly want €85/90m for the midfielder, an unpayable fee for Barcelona.
Barcelona can only afford a move for Silva if they sell Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United. As of now, United are yet to reach an agreement with Barcelona, with the Catalans reportedly demanding around €80m.
On the other hand, a big-money move for Silva will limit Barca’s chances of signing Lewandowski. Bayern have made it clear they don’t intend to sell the striker this summer, with German media claiming Barca would need to pay around €80m for the Poland international.